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#1 John Kocijanski

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Posted 21 February 2024 - 07:21 PM

From a local facebook post.  I assume this is the 102 achromat?  $300 is the asking price.  

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Posted 21 February 2024 - 07:35 PM

Looks to be around 1998 made.  I had two of them like it.

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Posted 22 February 2024 - 01:32 AM

Yes, it is the Orion-branded Vixen D=102mm F=1000mm f/9.8 achromat ... evidence supporting this conclusion was posted yesterday here: 

 

https://www.cloudyni...ads/?p=13277902

 

If you're local, the consensus is that $300 is a great price !

 

Good luck,

 

        -- Jim


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Posted 03 March 2024 - 05:00 PM

Picked it up yesterday.  Hopefully try it out tonight.  

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 05:52 PM

Congrats John !!

 

Clear Skies,

 

        -- Jim

 

 P.S.   No evidence in your photo of any Decl. axis encoder contraption (and the ad's been deleted so I can't go back and revisit) ... did I misinterpret one of the seller's photos on FB ?  Interesting to see the polar axis alignment scope reticle illuminator -- is there also by chance a clock drive motor below the R.A. axis inside the green plastic cover ?


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Posted 03 March 2024 - 09:10 PM

The Vixen 102mm is a wonderful telescope !!

 

Congrats !!


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Posted 04 March 2024 - 01:07 AM

 P.S.   No evidence in your photo of any Decl. axis encoder contraption (and the ad's been deleted so I can't go back and revisit) ... did I misinterpret one of the seller's photos on FB ?  [...]

In the immortal words -- and voice -- of Gilda Radner's SNL character, Emily Litella ... ... "Nevermind."

 

https://www.cloudyni...nation-encoder/
 

Cheers,

 

       -- Jim

 

[*] For anyone either too young to remember -or- wanting a brief refresher:   https://www.youtube....h?v=fZLeaSWY37I

    ... and see also:  https://en.wikipedia...lla#Appearances


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#8 John Kocijanski

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Posted 05 March 2024 - 08:30 PM

Congrats John !!

 

Clear Skies,

 

        -- Jim

 

 P.S.   No evidence in your photo of any Decl. axis encoder contraption (and the ad's been deleted so I can't go back and revisit) ... did I misinterpret one of the seller's photos on FB ?  Interesting to see the polar axis alignment scope reticle illuminator -- is there also by chance a clock drive motor below the R.A. axis inside the green plastic cover ?

Thanks.  It was a dec axis encoder.  Up for sale if you want it.  No drive motor.  

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Posted 06 March 2024 - 08:30 AM

Definitely worth the asking price! Congratulations on a very nice find. I’m sure you will enjoy it!


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Posted 09 March 2024 - 09:33 AM

Gave the scope a nice tour the other night and it performed extremely well despite my light polluted skies especially on open clusters and double stars.  The splits of Castor and Algieba were clean and sharp using a 5mm Nagler T6.  Here is the rest of my hit list for the night.  

 

Open Clusters - M41, M48, M47, M46, M67, M44, M35, M36, M37, M38, NGC 2362

 

Galaxies - NGC 2903, M65, M66, M106, M81, M82

 

Planetary Nebula - NGC 2392, NGC 2438

 

Double Stars - Winter Albireo, Iota Cancri, Mizar


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